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Q&A: CIO Ross Philo On 'Post Office' In Your Home
News  |  10/30/2009  | 
In a tough business environment, the U.S. Postal Service is delivering new capabilities for home PCs and smartphones and new services for high-volume mailers, says its top IT executive.
Practical Analysis: Time To Embrace The Netbook
Commentary  |  10/29/2009  | 
One thing's for certain: The computing device policy you laid down a few years ago won't do anymore.
NASA Test Fires 'Mars Rocket'
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
First trial of Ares I-X goes off without a hitch following series of weather delays.
Microsoft HealthVault Deal Puts EHRs Overseas
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
A Bangkok hospital will use Microsoft HealthVault personal electronic health records to track patients via the Web.
New iPhone App Gives 24x7 Swine Flu Coverage
Commentary  |  10/28/2009  | 
Swine flu is permeating everywhere these days--not just the virus, but news about it. But if you're still not getting your fill of H1N1, Harvard Medical School has released a new iPhone app that provides real-time updates while you're on the move.
Defense CIO Touts Benefits Of Open Source
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
Deputy CIO David Wennergren points to reliability, security, and lower TCO as among the potential benefits of using open source in the U.S. military.
NASA 'Mars Rocket' Launch On Hold
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
Ares I-X still on ground Wednesday morning as NASA copes with fickle conditions.
E-Health Records Option Extended To Families
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
Dossia, whose consortium members include Wal-Mart and Intel, is making it easier for employees' dependents to sign up for electronic health records.
NASA Scrubs 'Mars Rocket' Flight
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
Ares I-X now set to lift off from Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday.
NASA 'Mars Rocket' Set For Test Flight
News  |  10/26/2009  | 
Ares I-X will lift off from Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday—weather permitting.
H1N1 A National Emergency: Bring On The E-Records!
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
President Obama has declared a national emergency in respect to H1N1. This gives hospitals more leeway in setting up emergency operations to respond to the rising swine flu pandemic. Wouldn't e-medical records systems come in handy now?
H1N1 Flu Tracked By E-Prescription Data
News  |  10/26/2009  | 
Public health officials in Rhode Island are electronically monitoring possible swine flu outbreaks based on drug data from pharmacies.
Hospitals Serving Poor Lag In Healthcare IT
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
It's no surprise that hospitals which serve predominantly poor patients are lagging in implementing healthcare IT. However, it's a cause for concern that the federal stimulus program might not be up to the task of closing that gap, according to federally supported researchers.
This Week In Healthcare Information Technology: Oct. 18 - 24
News  |  10/24/2009  | 
Our roundup of InformationWeek's healthcare IT coverage includes federal CTO Aneesh Chopra on cost savings, GE's handheld ultrasound device, government prep work for stimulus funding, and a look at healthcare IT job opportunities.
Top iPhone Apps For Health Pros, Patients
News  |  10/23/2009  | 
Healthcare professionals and individuals are finding ways to manage health and wellness with applications for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch.
FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rule Making
News  |  10/22/2009  | 
The move opens up a vehicle for comments, but how and to what degree the Internet should be free or regulated remains to be decided.
Web 2.0 Summit: Fed CTO Talks Healthcare IT
News  |  10/22/2009  | 
Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra says government spending on IT can help cut healthcare costs and improve care quality.
Health IT Metrics Taking Shape
News  |  10/21/2009  | 
The U.S. will release a preliminary definition of "meaningful use"-- a key criterion for healthcare IT providers seeking federal stimulus funding -- in December.
Space Shuttle Successor Ready For Test Flight
News  |  10/20/2009  | 
NASA's Ares I-X rocket is set to lift off next week on first trial run.
Government IT Spending To Slow
News  |  10/20/2009  | 
IT spending by civilian agencies will grow 3.4% annually over the next five years, a significant slowdown compared to the previous five years, according to a new report from TechAmerica.
Cerner, CDW Partner On EMRs
News  |  10/19/2009  | 
With demand for e-medical records systems by doctors' offices expected to rise, Cerner signs a partner to sell its amubulatory software and services.
Boston Hospital Bans Facebook
Commentary  |  10/15/2009  | 
New England Baptist Hospital banned Facebook and other social media, citing privacy concerns over employees revealing too much information about patients in their online posts, and complaints about employees wasting time online. The ban will remain in place until the hospital can come up with a social media policy, according to reports.
Healthcare System Signs With Microsoft For Data Exchange
News  |  10/14/2009  | 
Caritas Christi Health Care's pact with Microsoft is part of hospital network's $70 million IT program to improve patient care and reduce costs.
NASA's Next Mission: The Tweetup
News  |  10/14/2009  | 
The space agency plans to host 100 Twitter users at Kennedy Space Center for next month's launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis.
Former U.S. Health Dept. CIO Joins Agilex
News  |  10/14/2009  | 
Melissa Chapman joins Agilex Technologies to help manage the firm's work with the U.S. Health and Human Services Dept.
Government Technologist: Silicon Valley Goes Opaque
Commentary  |  10/14/2009  | 
TechAmerica's closed-door annual conference around the U.S. government's IT spending plans is out of step with the Obama administration's transparency push.
Mobile Telemedicine Helps Patients In Transit
News  |  10/14/2009  | 
IP-enabled cameras and other telemedicine gear lets doctors remotely examine sick patients in ambulances.
Healthcare Reform Bill Means HIPAA Changes, Too
Commentary  |  10/13/2009  | 
The healthcare reform bill that passed a key Senate committee today contains several health IT related provisions. Among them are new rules regarding HIPAA, including a proposals allowing the periodic update of HIPAA standards, and fines to health plans that don't comply to HIPAA "operating rules" by April 2014.
Defense Department Must Overhaul IT Buying Processes
News  |  10/12/2009  | 
New approaches to include early involvement of technology users, rapid upgrade capabilities, and a modular, open-systems approach.
NASA Moon Bomb Stirs Up Cloud
News  |  10/9/2009  | 
Microsoft and Google will offer looks at LCROSS lunar impact on their Web platforms.
Navy Outlines Cybersecurity, Networking Plans
News  |  10/9/2009  | 
CIO Robert Carey lays out the Navy's IT plans for fiscal 2010, including cybersecurity initiatives, network architecture planning, and increased use of Web 2.0 tools.
Hospital Hires 'Scribes' To Help Docs With E-Records
Commentary  |  10/8/2009  | 
The University of Virginia has hired "scribes" with laptop computers to follow doctors around as they treat patients, updating electronic medical records as they go. The antique-sounding position is one example of the steps hospitals are taking as they struggle to adopt e-health records.
Following Review, VA Restarts Some IT Projects
News  |  10/8/2009  | 
CIO Roger Baker credits a new project management accountability system with facilitating decision making at the federal agency.
Old Media, Not Internet, Driving Healthcare Debate: White House Advisor
Commentary  |  10/8/2009  | 
The healthcare debate in the America has been driven by cable news and other old media, rather than new technologies, according to White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod, adding that cable news networks focused on a small number of angry people at town hall meetings in August, and ignored the larger debate.
Think You Have Swine Flu? Take A New Online Test
Commentary  |  10/7/2009  | 
You've got a cough and a fever--and haven't had your flu shot yet. Could you possibly have H1N1? Microsoft has launched a new website to help you assess whether you've got swine flu.
Ex-Googler Launches Startup To Deliver Personalized Health Advice
Commentary  |  10/7/2009  | 
The former head of the Google Health team has launched a startup designed to allow people to get personalized medical advice on the Internet, based on their own e-health records. If it catches on, the service will accelerate the trend of people using Internet research to take charge of their own healthcare. That trend is both a help and a hindrance to healthcare providers, depending on the kind of information patients find online, and what the patients do with that information.
IT Industry Supports Healthcare Reform But Is Divided Over Details
Commentary  |  10/7/2009  | 
As President Obama and Congress hash out healthcare legislation, the IT industry has its own views about healthcare reform. That includes the industry overall supporting a public option to lower healthcare costs, but at the same time worrying that reform will grow government too large, according to a new survey.
Google Health Adds Two Health Plans
News  |  10/6/2009  | 
Health insurers will share members' data with Google via its electronic personal health record platform.
Obama Orders Federal IT To Get Greener
News  |  10/6/2009  | 
An Executive Order mandates that federal agencies implement green data center strategies, double-sided printing, and PC power management, as part of a broader sustainability push.
Will Consumers Pay-Out-Of-Pocket For Online Healthcare?
Commentary  |  10/5/2009  | 
If you suspect your extra-cranky baby has an ear infection on a Saturday afternoon, but his doctor isn't back in the office till Monday, a walk-in clinic--like the kind springing up in places such as retail pharmacy chains--can be a convenient place to get the ear checked. But if it's the middle of the night, what do you do?
Electronic Medical Alerts Don't Guarantee Timely Response
Commentary  |  10/2/2009  | 
Electronic medical alerts are a significant improvement over paper-based systems, but doctors often still ignore warnings they should pay attention to, according to a recent study. Even when notified electronically, doctors sometimes ignore test results that show the patient might have a serious problem.

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